Spring Trainings Have Arrived

Looking to spruce up your social media strategy this spring? We have three one-day trainings and another round of Social Media Bootcamp coming up. For more detailed information, check out our Trainings Page.

Spring Trainings

Spring Trainings:

  • Storytelling with Impact: Wednesday, April 1, 9am – noon
    Learn how to make your story stand out at this training. We will show you how to turn a story from just another spiel into something that will captivate the media as well as potential funders and volunteers.
  • Spokesperson Training: Wednesday, April 8, 9am – noon
    When the media calls, will you be ready to interview like a professional? This workshop will teach you how to stay on message and in control, while sharpening your stories to increase you organization’s visibility.
  • Essential Social Media – Twitter: Wednesday, April 29, 9am – noon
    Have you started tweeting? Do you know where to start? Twitter is a powerful online tool that can help your organization promote events, raise funds and design programming by discovering and engaging in conversations about your issues. This class will help the beginner and intermediate social media communicators easily fold Twitter into their daily workflows and their organization’s communication plans.
  • Social Media Bootcamp: Friday, May 1, 8 & 15, 9am – noon
    Our Social Media Bootcamp was so popular that the first round sold out. Register early to reserve your spot! This series of three workshops will introduce you to the basics of creating a communications plan and policy, which platforms are best for your audience and how to most effectively use them, and how to create and curate effective visual and written content. Columbia College Chicago, Room 509, 33 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60605

Check back soon; more trainings may be added in the coming weeks. All trainings will be held at Columbia College Chicago, Room 501, 33 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60605 unless stated otherwise.

We’re hiring!

Community Media Workshop is looking for an enthusiastic early-career professional to join the team as our next Marketing and Digital Media Manager. The ideal candidate will have a passion for journalism and the social sector, as well as a drive to bring both together to benefit Chicago’s communities.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement email marketing and social media campaigns for events, fundraisers and training sessions. Maintain up-to-date, accurate email lists in database. Manage marketing (email and social media) editorial calendar.
  • Create and curate content (written and visual) for website and social media platforms.
  • Encourage online community growth and manage Community Media Workshop’s online presence across social media platforms (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter). Expand to new platforms as needed.
  • Maintain and update content as well as functionality of website.
    • Write or edit and publish blog posts on a weekly basis.
    • Build a network of influencers in the industry to contribute material to blog.
    • Keep online calendar current with upcoming events and trainings.
  • Assist with the preparation of materials for and the teaching of communications and social media trainings for nonprofit organizations. Help to coordinate logistics and content for other events and fundraisers as needed.
  • Research and stay ahead of current trends in social media, marketing, news and journalism. Prepare one-pagers, infographics, PowerPoint presentations, training worksheets and other documents as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Public Relations or related media field. Other fields accepted if candidate has extensive work experience in one of the above fields.
  • Experience writing and updating basic code (HTML/CSS). Knowledge of WordPress, as well as Vertical Response or Constant Contact software.
  • Demonstrated ability in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop).
  • Flexible, quick learner, able to handle multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously and willing to take initiative on projects with minimal guidance.
  • Passionate about online communities, social media engagement and digital strategy.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience and comfort with public speaking
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish)
  • Experience working in journalism and/or the nonprofit or the public sector
  • Knowledge of AP Style
  • Basic photography and videography experience
  • Familiarity with Chicago communities

How to Apply: 

Please send a cover letter, résumé, and link to account on social media platform (Twitter preferred) and/or website that you have worked on to Jocelyn Perry at jocelyn@newstips.org with the subject line “Marketing and Digital Media Manager Application”.

Position starts summer 2015. Salary commensurate with experience.

What’s new? Original analysis from the Workshop

New News on Local News from Pew Research Center Study

By Emily Culbertson

If you live in Denver, Macon or Sioux City, where are you most likely to get your local news? Hint: It’s not yet Facebook and it’s not yet a website. It’s local television.

Check out Emily’s blog to read more about Pew’s findings and our take on what it means for the future of journalism.

Black-Brown Coalition Critical in Mayoral Runoff

By Glenn Reedus

Capturing a winning bloc of Chicago’s African-American and Latino voters will become a major issue in the build up to the April 7th mayoral runoff election, political strategists, campaign insiders and community activists said this week.

Read Glenn’s piece to hear directly from community voices on the mayoral runoff and what its possible outcomes mean to them.





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